|Title page and frontispiece, the latter depicting the House of Lords during the Queen's Trial|
Queen Caroline was the wife of King George IV of the United Kingdom, whose reign began in 1820. Prior to his coronation, George requested that Parliament dissolve their marriage. The newly-gifted volumes contain the full report of the proceedings of the ensuing trial in Parliament, including the evidence presented and the opening and closing remarks of the parties’ attorneys.
An in-depth discussion of the trial can be found in Lawrence Stotter’s own work on the history of family law, To Put Asunder: The Laws of Matrimonial Strife. More information on the Stotter Collection can be found in archived articles from All Rise and in a 2015 article for AALL Spectrum written by Sara Sampson, Assistant Dean for Information Services and Director of the Moritz Law Library.